Position: Vice President
Location: Kansas City, MO
Organization: The Family Conservancy
Paula is currently the Vice President of Programs at The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, which is a member agency in both the Kansas and Missouri Child Care Aware® networks. She has over twenty years of experience in child care resource and referral at both the state and local level.
Location: Atlanta, GA
Organization: The Atlanta Speech School/Buffett Early Childhood Fund (Retired)
Daniel J. Pedersen is the Sr. Advisor of The Atlanta Speech School and was from 1999 until 2012, founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, which invests in early childhood practice, policy and knowledge to ensure a better start for very young children growing up in families facing the greatest odds.
Position: Deputy Director
Location: Baltimore, MD
Organization: Maryland Family Network
Steve Rohde is the Deputy Director for Resource and Referral Services for the Maryland Family Network (MFN, a merger of Maryland Committee for Children and Friends of the Family) and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network.
Tonja Rucker, Ph.D.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Organization: The National League of Cities
Tonja Rucker currently serves as the Principal Associate for Early Childhood Development in the Institute for Youth Education and Families at the National League of Cities. She is responsible for providing primary program support for the Institute’s work in areas related to early education.
Location: Denver, CO
Organization: Healthy Child Care Colorado
Taran Schneider is the Director of Healthy Child Care Colorado which is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that early childhood programs and health professionals adhere to the highest health, safety, and wellness standards.
Laurie Tarpey, CPA
Position: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Raffa, P.C.
Laurie Tarpey is the Chief Operating Officer at Raffa, P.C., the 3rd largest accounting firm in the Washington, DC region and one of the 100 largest and best managed accounting firms in the United States.
Barbara A. Thompson
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Office of Family Readiness Policy
Barbara A. Thompson assumed the duties of director for the Office of Family Readiness Policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in September, 2006 and retired in January 2017.